Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/20

Game 1: Friday, January 20th
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Warriors99
Game 2: Saturday, February 11th
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Warriors 99

(23-27, 9-14 away)

Cavaliers 91

(29-21, 18-7 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2006

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

1 2 3 4 T
GS 29 19 27 2499
CLE 23 24 24 2091

Top Performers

GS: J. Richardson 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

Cle: L. James 33 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

LeBron outscores Richardson, but Cavs fall to Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jason Richardson was up for the challenge of facing LeBron James.

Richardson scored 31 points in a shooting duel with Cleveland's All-Star to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Cavaliers 99-91 on Saturday night.

James regained his shooting touch to score 33 points for Cleveland, but it wasn't enough as the Warriors overcame the loss of guard Baron Davis to snap a seven-game road losing streak.

"He's averaging 30 points, so you want to go out there and match him," Richardson said.

The Warriors guard did exactly that -- especially with the game on the line.

Seconds after Damon Jones hit a 3-pointer to pull Cleveland within 91-89, Richardson countered with a 3 from well beyond the arc to put the Warriors back in command with 2:22 to play.

Golden State played without leading rebounder and No. 3 scorer Troy Murphy. The forward, averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds, missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Then Davis, averaging 19.1 points and 9.4 assists, sprained his right ankle with 1:17 left in the first quarter and did not return.

Derek Fisher filled some of the void, coming off the bench to score 18 points. Mike Dunleavy added 14 points and Andris Biedrins 11 as the Warriors' bench outscored Cleveland's reserves 43-29.

"Guys really pulled together," Richardson said. "Fish came in and stepped up huge. He pretty much played point guard the whole game."

James, coming off an 18-point performance on 6-for-23 shooting in a 12-point loss at Washington on Friday night, scored all but one of Cleveland's first 13 points.

"We stood around and watched LeBron," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "We didn't ever give ourselves a chance to win. We played defense for 10 to 15 seconds on each possession, then they eventually got what they wanted. Offensively, we didn't execute at all, especially late."

James, playing more minutes at guard with Larry Hughes sidelined by a broken finger, tried to get his teammates more involved. The All-Star forward finished with six assists, two of which went to Donyell Marshall and Stephen Graham for consecutive dunks early in the fourth quarter that brought Cleveland within 78-77.

"I'll never be disappointed in my team," James said. "But we were not mentally prepared and took things for granted. We can't do that."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 14 points despite missing his first seven shots, while Marshall and Eric Snow scored 12 apiece for Cleveland.

Richardson matched James shot for shot at the start, scoring 11 of Golden State's first 13 points.

"Jason made some tough shots with a hand in his face," James said.

The Warriors shot 53 percent in the first half and led at the break 48-47, though James outscored Richardson 22-20 over the first two periods.

James hit three 3-pointers early in the third quarter to help Cleveland lead 65-62, but Fisher scored eight points as the Warriors countered with a 9-0 run to lead 72-65.

"Obviously, Baron is a big part of our offense," Dunleavy said. "When he goes out, that's a pretty big change. Everybody just stepped up and did a great job."

Game notes


Golden State had not won on the road since a 94-89 victory Dec. 31 at Houston. ... Cleveland is 18-7 at home, but only 5-5 against teams with sub-.500 records. ... Richardson is averaging 25.8 points in five games since missing four with a sore back. ... The Warriors have won only two of their last 15 games in Cleveland. ... Davis, averaging 23.1 points and 10.1 assists over his previous nine games, had two assists and shot 0-for-2 before twisting his ankle. Coach Mike Montgomery said X-rays were negative and that Davis' status is "day-to-day." ... Cavs starting G Sasha Pavlovic scored two points, shot 1-for-8 and fouled out. ... Cavs starting F Drew Gooden had one point and was 0-for-4 in 23 minutes. ... As part of Black History Month, the Cavaliers honored the late civil rights leader Rosa Parks by displaying her photo adorned with roses in a front-row seat at center court.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
CLE
Points 99 91
FGM-FGA 38-76 (.500) 33-83 (.398)
3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 10-28 (.357)
FTM-FTA 16-29 (.552) 15-19 (.789)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-36 11-38
Assists 23 23
Turnovers 13 15
Steals 3 8
Blocks 4 6
Fast Break Points 0 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 28 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 3

Top Performers

Golden State
Cleveland
Jason Richardson Richardson
Points: 31
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
LeBron James James
Points: 33
Reb: 5
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 2